The Distraction-Free Desktop

It may look like just a wallpaper, but reader DeviousDog put some work into making sure that it had just the right tools at hand and that all of the tempting distractions of his computer were far away while he was trying to work or study. Here’s how you can do the same thing.


The Blue Winter Desktop

Flickr user Yusuf is feeling the chill, and so are we after looking at this desktop. If you like the look as much as we do, here are the tools you’ll need to set it up on your computer.


The Nepali Desktop

Mac: Reader Brisngr loves the natural beauty of Nepal, and combined it with OS X Yosemite and a few Übersicht widgets to make a good-looking, functional desktop that’s inspiring and informative. Here’s how you can set it up yourself.


The Distant Pyramid Desktop

Our friend Dobbie03 makes some great-looking Linux desktops, and this one is no exception. Having recently moved back to Manjaro after a tryst with Arch, he built this desktop with a few easy-to-download components. Here’s how you can set it up, too.


The Very Yosemite Desktop

Reader joshnroy just upgraded to Yosemite, did just a little tweaking, and submitted this serene desktop of Yosemite National Park running on OS X Yosemite. Here’s what he used to set it up.


The Foggy Lake Desktop

Sometimes customised widgets are the way to go, sometimes minimal is the best approach — right now we’ve definitely seen a trend in the minimal direction. Flickr user Imminient Fate submitted this good-looking minimal desktop. Here’s how you can set it up too.


The Highway HUD Desktop

Reader Amitabh loves his highway desktops, and even though he recently shared the Road to Redemption desktop with us, we love this Linux desktop too — the position of the stats looks like a real HUD, one that’s easily ignored when it’s time to work.


The Hype Desktop

Reader Yezra submitted this desktop to our Desktop Showcase, pointing out that he’s a big fan of simple, clean desktops, and finally built one that fit the bill. Yours doesn’t have to look quite the same, but if you like the gist, here’s what you’ll need to make your own.


The Steam Slate Desktop

After seeing our last featured desktop, Panda Nguyen shared this awesome design with us. It may look like Steam is built-in, but it’s not — it just fits very well. Here’s how he set it all up.


The Fiery Sunset Desktop

We’ve featured desktops from Flickr user xhuxhaxhu here before — this one stood out to us with its bright orange and dark black, open space, and just a few useful on-screen widgets to keep her informed. Here’s how she set it up.